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. no vote. the republicans' health care plan stopped in its tracks as lawmakers go back to the drawing board instead of try to force a showdown. chaos in caracas. a stolen police helicopter fires on venezuela's supreme court as a terrorist attack aimed at ousting the president is thwarted. a massive global computer security breach as companies around the world are held hostage, including many in the u.s. here's one extreme way to ease a backed up flood area. then, it's what happens after a bus barrels over this man that has people talking. and how's this for a new water sport? buckle up, "early today" starts right now. good being with you on a wednesday morning. i'm frances rivera. delayed. that's the groundbreaking news
spreading across the nation this morning. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell was dealt a massive blow, forced to scrap his long-held plan to ram through his health care plan by week's end after he was faced with defection upon defection from his own party. it is a stunning defeat for mcconnell and the president for a plan many republicans refused to rally around after just five days of scrutiny. still, dems say the fight against the bill isn't over. they're urging constituents to lobby their senators as they head home for their july 4th recess. here's nbc's kasie hunt on how it all played out. >> reporter: after seven years of promising to repeal and replace obamacare, a stunning delay and a major blow to president trump and his republican party. they don't have the votes in the senate. >> we will not be on the bill this week, but we're still working towards getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place. >> reporter: republican leader mitch mcconnell retreating after he had promised over and over again he'd hold a vote before july 4th.
mr. leader, is your effort to repeal obamacare dead? >> no. no. we're continuing to talk about it. it's a very complicated subject. >> reporter: a complicated bill written in secret, released to the public just five days ago to immediate outcry. first from conservatives who said it didn't go far enough. >> i just didn't run on obamacarelite. >> then moderate republicans worried about deep medicaid cuts. >> not the answer. it's simply not the answer. >> reporter: the non-partisan congressional budget office estimated 22 million more people would lose health coverage under the bill. still, the number two senate republican insisting -- >> yes, we will vote this week. >> reporter: but it all fell apart by lunchtime, when mcconnell announced he was putting the whole thing off. vice president mike pence was in the room. >> we're going to keep working. >> reporter: do you think the delay is going to make a difference? >> reporter: leaving the capitol, a bus load of senators following him down the avenue, some to the white house. >> we'll get it done, and if we don't get it done, it's just going to be something that we're not going to like, and that's okay, and i understand that very well.
>> that was kasie hunt. we're joined by nbc's tracie potts in washington. this bill isn't dead. how tough is it going to be to resuscitate it? >> they're going to try. there's still a lot of back room dealing going on on capitol hill trying to make changes before friday so they can get it into the congressional budget office and get analysis back as soon as they get back from that break. during that break, republicans are going to face a lot of pressure from people who want to see something done about health care. we saw the angry town hall meetings that some tried to avoid when this happened in the house. last time around a lot of that based on public opinion. this morning a new poll from npr, pbs and marchi imarist shoy 17% approval, 55% disapproved,
25% say they have no opinion. it mimics the disapproval rate we've seen in our nbc poll. it calls for republicans to get their votes together and hold on to as many votes as possible is what we'll be watching. breaking overnight, an attempted coup in venezuela. according to embattled president nicolas maduro, when the country's supreme court and interior ministry were attacked from the sky. that's the sound of this police helicopter firing at the building after it dropped four grenades on the court. no injuries were reported. the government says the helicopter was stolen by a police pilot named oscar perez. well, he posted a video to instagram, declaring himself in rebellion against maduro, saying an operation was under way to restore democracy, but the chaos wasn't all directed against maduro. pro government protesters tried to storm the national assembly with opposition lawmakers inside.
after months of protests, maduro says if his government is overthrown, he and his supporters would take up arms and fight. this morning, security experts are trying to contain a damaging cyber attack that crippled computers across the globe. the ransomware virus seems to have originated in ukraine. it affected banks, hospitals, utilities and other businesses in several european countries. some american companies were hit as well, including pharmaceutical giant merck. nbc's lucy kafanov is live in london with more. lucy, how is this virus working? >> reporter: good morning, frances. this is a ransomware attack, which means it encrypts and locks entire hard drives, asking owners to then pay $300 in bit coin to unlock their machines.
the variety ruirus is cripplings using microsoft windows. it rapidly spread across ukraine, russia, europe. among the targets, and even the chernobyl nuclear plant. now, it's unclear who was responsible. some experts have speculated it could be a russian nation state attack designed to cause chaos in ukraine which then got out of control but that's just speculation. one expert that nbc spoke to said it's too early to tell whether or not this attack is winding down. it's affecting big companies more than individual users but all the more reason to back up your files, to keep software up to date and not to click on any suspicious links. >> thank you.
three chicago officers are charged with covering up fatally shooting another officer, jason van dyke's shooting of laquan mcdonald. he's on trial for murder for shooting mcdonald in 2017. authorities allege the three officers did everything they could to cover it up, including saying the teen assaulted officers. but the story was blown apart when the city released a video showing mcdonald with a knife being shot 16 times by van dyke. the prosecutor called investigating police a sobering responsibility and said this -- >> while they are sworn to serve and protect as well as uphold the law, they are not above the law. >> if convicted, the three officers each face up to five years in prison and up to $75,000 in fines. two have resigned from the force and a third is being suspended without pay. now to wildfires sweeping across parts of the west. the largest of the fires is in a resort area of utah. flames scorched 72 square miles. crews are trying to fight fires in dry and windy conditions that have produced flames up to 100 feet high.
bill karins is monitoring the situation right now and focusing on the direct threat, which is, what bill? >> it still looks to be the same. we had one big one yesterday that flared up, the goodwin fire in prescott, arizona. the high pressure continues to dominate over the southwest. you don't expect wet weather this time of year. all you hope for is added humidity possibly. and currently we have 23 large fires burning throughout the region. as i mentioned, there's little if any hope for wet weather. coastal areas are on the seasonable, cool side. here's a closer look at your resting.
a demolition crew in eastern china found an explosive way to dealing with flooding. whoa. underwater discharge. they blew up this dam to help discharge some of the water the excess water was wearing away at the support structures of a nearby railway bridge. they said they wanted to allow the fastest path to let the water get through before more damage to the railway bridge. >> so much for the dam. let's take care of that bridge and mack sure it's okay. >> plenty more ahead. the heated off-the-court match and battle of the sexes between john mcenroe and seronia williams? and what a man did after this situation. we'll show you next. neutrogena® ultra sheer. no other sunscreen works better or feels so good.
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what a death-defying escape, and we have to warn some viewers here, you may find this video disturbing, but watch if you can. this 49-year-old pedestrian gets rammed right there by that double-decker bus outside of london. he gets just thrown on the side, but look! dusts himself off, gets right up and continues on to what's believed to be a pub. well, authorities say they're investigating and that the pedestrian was left dazed afterwards and left with just minor injuries and then just okay to go in and have a pint. the story first reported by the "washington post." at least five trump properties, including mar-a-lago, are displaying a fake cover of "time" magazine featuring donald trump. the cover has the same barcode as an imagine in an online tutorial on how to create a fake "time" magazine cover. "time" is asking the trump organization to take it down. meanwhile, it is found that people around the world have more confidence in vladimir putin to do the right thing regarding world affairs than they do of donald trump by a full five points. and another milestone for facebook. the social media network now says it has 2 billion monthly
users. that number has doubled since 2012. now to 21st-century battle of the sexes. tennis superstar serena williams firing back after john mcenroe said that she would rank 700th in the world if she played tennis against men. as nbc's morgan radford reports, mcenroe isn't backing down. >> reporter: a heated match off the court. former tennis pro john mcenroe raising eyebrows in an interview with npr, questioning whether serena williams is as good as the guys. >> best female player ever, no question. >> why say female player? >> well, because if she was in -- if she played the men's circuit, she'd be like 700th in the world. >> you think so? >> yeah. that doesn't mean i don't think serena's like an incredible player. i do. >> reporter: still, williams fired back, tweeting "dear john, i adore and respect you, but please, please, keep me out of your statements that are not factually based." serena williams has scored 23 grand slam singles titles, more than any other player in the open era, male or female.
>> she's won ten of them since she was 30. that's incredible! who else has that kind of longevity and that kind of winning? lebron james? no. tiger woods? no. john mcenroe? no. no one except serena. >> reporter: she won her last one in january at the australian open while eight weeks pregnant. this isn't the first time williams has had to defend her accomplishments. in december, she addressed what her fans call a double standard on espn's "the undefeated." >> if i were a man, i would have 100% been considered the greatest ever a long time ago. >> reporter: and in march, "gq" came under fire for posting this photo of roger federer, calling him the greatest tennis player of all time. fans quickly responded, writing "that's not serena." as for mcenroe, he did sit down -- he didn't step down on "cbs
this morning." >> would you like to apologize? >> uh, no. >> reporter: he admits serena williams has earned her place as a tennis great, something her fans already knew. morgan radford, nbc news, new york. just ahead, we'll tell you why google's $2.7 billion fine is such a big deal. and why did britain's queen elizabeth just get a huge raise? new charmin ultra soft! it's softer than ever. new charmin ultra soft is twice as absorbent so you can use less. and it's softer than ever... so it's harder to resist. okay, this is getting a little weird we all go, why not enjoy the go with charmin? fromto the wobbling yogis.kers
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the pentagon is backing president trump after the white house issued a statement warning the syrian government not to launch another chemical weapons attack. the u.s. military says it did detect "active preparations for chemical weapons use." this comes as syrian leader bashar al assad visits a russian air base, and the turkish military fires at the u.s.-backed kurdish militia, all while u.s. soldiers appear to be on the ground working with the kurds to fight isis. newly released video shows what happened during a violent bus crash in detroit. police say a teen driver in a white suv right there slammed into a city bus after blowing a stop sign. the suv was pushed 50 feet and the bus plowed into a brick wall. the accident was captured from multiple angles. the bus driver was knocked right out of his seat, as were several passengers. five people were hurt, two critically, but everyone survived. scary sounds, too, when it comes to that video. a rhode island zoo is treating a giraffe with acupuncture. animalkeepers say he received treatments similar to how humans do, with 14 needles poked in around her hips for 45 minutes at a time. they say it helps with her arthritis.
just one sign of aging for the 24-year-old giraffe. she has outlived most of her generation, as giraffe life expectancy is usually just in the teens. zacari receives the special treatment every other week. how about this instagram video called "dad fail." watch this father and son playing with that big giant soccer ball. >> oh! here is the slow-mo version. look at the head bounce back. the little boy only cried for about 30 seconds, according to the caption on the instagram. apparently wasn't too upset, but he went back up running again. >> and what do do you? you get back up and say "again, again." right now at 4:30---
a live look at san jose...and the south bay, sitting nice and co right now at 4:30 a live look at san jose and the south bay sitting nice and pretty this morning as we hit the mid point of your week. things are about to start getting a little warmer. "today in the bay" starts right now. thanks so much for joining us on this wednesday. i'm kris sanchez. laura garcia-cannon is off. >> and i'm sam brock. kris is exactly right. this week has been spectacular so far. you said we have some 90s coming right around the corner. >> are for the inland valleys we'll see some low 90s in in a few spots, but this will not be widespread and we'll still keep the cool temperatures along the coast. this is where we begin this morning as you get ready to head out, mid to upper 50s and even a few low 60s. san jose at 60 degrees looking at those high temperatures today